Chicago: The Crowe Medallists, . 2 3/4" diameter bronze medallion in ornate 4" X 4" original presentation box. Near fine/very good. Mild expected patina; faint wear to box underside. Item #44416
Handsome example of this thick and heavy medallion created by Chicago sculptor John Paulding (1883-1935), best remembered for his World War One monuments. Recto depicts a closeup of FDR in suit and tie; text on verso reads "Courageous Leadership / 1933 / Action / Achievement" with a waving American flag at center and four small vignettes surrounding it (smoke-belching factory with "Help Wanted" sign out front, idyllic farmstead with "American Gothic"-type couple in foreground, two happy children gazing out their family's front door, a Parthenon-type bank open and thriving). Around the edge (and placed close to appropriate vignettes) it reads "Industrial Recovery * Farm Relief * Welfare of the Worker * Protection of Childhood * Control of Natural Resources * Restored Confidence." Rim bottom stamped "Crowe -- Chicago" and "John Paulding Sc." appears near rim below FDR's left shoulder.Black presentation box lid removes to reveal medallion set into diecut opening against green and gold background -- this box bottom includes a diecut easel on the back which, once extended, allows the box to be set up like an easel for display. Laid in is a small (2½" X 2½") leaflet titled "A Medal of Tribute" offfering Paulding's comments on creating this piece. Publisher's text on rear leaf calls them "Coiners -- Official Medal -- A Century of Progress," making this is a 1932 World's Fair product. A much smaller version of this medallion is occasionally seen, but this large version in presentation box is seldom seen.